Ed and Katrina say their 18-year-old pregnant daughter, Kirsten, is dating a 30-year-old ex-con who admittedly is controlling and abusive, and they fear for the safety of their daughter and her unborn baby. They say Kirsten was once an honor roll student with a promising future until she started seeing John — against their wishes — and stopped pursuing her dreams. Now, they claim Kirsten is in a rollercoaster relationship with a man who becomes enraged, throws her out on the street at the slightest provocation and leaves bruises on her body. What can these concerned parents do to protect their daughter and unborn grandchild?

Kirsten says her seven-month relationship with John has been “hell” but admits she got pregnant on purpose so her family would have to accept the man she loves. Is there hope for their relationship? And, what does John have to say about his behavior? Don’t miss Dr. Phil’s words of warning for this family — will it make an impact? This episode contains graphic images. Viewer discretion advised.


Rollercoaster Relationship

“John can be really abusive toward me,” Kirsten says about John, who has spent nearly 10 years in prison.

“When I get mad, I get a surge of rage that flows through my body. I can’t control it,” John admits.
“One time, John got really mad and grabbed me by the throat,” Kirsten recalls. “Recently, John has thrown me on the bed and covered my mouth and nose, and I couldn’t breathe. I fear that someday, John will kill me.”

Kirsten tells Dr. Phil, “I’ve tried to leave him several times, but a lot of the times, I think about all the good times. I mean, he’s my best friend. When times are good, they’re good, and when they’re bad, they’re bad, really bad.”






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Kirsten tearfully tells Dr. Phil, “I want to be safe. I want to raise my baby in a happy, healthy home. I guess raising a baby alone is better than raising it in an abusive environment.”

Dr. Phil tells Kirsten she needs to be out of this relationship, and if John can’t respect that, then she needs to go to a place where he can’t find her.

Dr. Phil tells John, “You’re an at-risk individual. You are not safe to be around this pregnant woman right now. And I think you know it, and I know it.”








Tune in to see Dr. Phil’s offer for John and Kirsten.


Domestic Violence: A Global Issue

One of the first programs launched by Robin McGraw's foundation, When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw and Dr. Phil Foundation, was the Aspire Initiative, a free, interactive domestic violence education curriculum for all ages. It includes the Aspire News App, a potentially life-saving smartphone app, which has been downloaded by 150,000 people since its launch, with almost 1,000 additional downloads every week.

Domestic violence is not something that just happens in the United States. We were honored to have an opportunity to speak with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, about their important work around the world.




Learn more about the HeForShe campaign and the call for men to take action in support of gender equality.



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Extra Content

  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
    Executive Director of UN Women
  • Dr. Pat Basu
    Doctor on Demand
    Doctor on Demand was created by Doctor on Demand Inc., which is owned in part by Dr. Phillip C. McGraw. Dr. Pat Basu is the Medical Director for Doctor on Demand.